A few years ago, The Salvation Army acquired six houses in a struggling St. Louis neighborhood. The houses were initially used for transitional housing, but the federal funding ended and the houses remained. Unwilling to abandon six homes in an area where occupancy rates were already plummeting, someone had an idea. What if we filled […]
Like most yards in our neighborhood, we have a public sidewalk in front with either grass or a garden bed with shrubs marking the line of our property. It’s quite clear what’s “mine” and what’s public. People walk their dogs through the neighborhood but know it’s a “no, no” to let your dog do its […]
Parish Collective Co-Director Tim Soerens has long followed the wonderful work and thought of Theaster Gates. Don’t miss this Ted Talk and the powerful Q&A at the end. “Theaster Gates, a potter by training and a social activist by calling, wanted to do something about the sorry state of his neighborhood on the south side […]
Last night, in the middle of winter, a couple dozen neighbors in lower Lents did a walk-about tour among six houses to taste everyone’s home-made chili. What fun! Everyone had scorecards and there was a tallying of votes by the end. Highlights included Leigh’s white bean and rabbit chili and, though I didn’t get to […]
Themes: Food, Local Economy, Cooperative Economics Chris Smith and Englewood Christian Church have struggle with living in what they call a food desert in their neighborhood. A food desert is a place where not a lot of healthy food options are available. So they came together and formed an Indy Food Co-Op called Pogue’s Run […]
Themes: Raising Children, Urban Context, Poverty and Homelessness Christiana Chase Rice is a part of NieuCommunities in the neighborhood of Golden Hill, San Diego. She has two daughters ages three and five. Their names are Anika and Naomi. She has been exploring what it looks like to raise her daughters within an urban context. […]
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